Middle East

Lebanese official says Beirut airport needs improvement

A Lebanese official says reports that the Beirut International Airport doesn't meet international safety standards are "exaggerated" but acknowledges that the facility needs improvement.

Mohamad Kabbani, head of Parliament's public works and transport committee, tells The Associated Press on Friday that Lebanon will use part of a $25 million Saudi grant to buy new inspection machines for the airport.

His comments follow reports that France and Britain are considering boycotting the Beirut airport due to safety concerns. Kabbani also called on the Lebanese government to appoint a new administration of civil aviation.

He says the airport "needs improvement, this is something we know and this is something we acknowledge."